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Gallant Officer, Forbidden Lady

He’s fought for his country, now he’s fighting for his heart!. The battlefields of Badajoz are nothing compared to the cutting tongues of polite society, ... read more

ISBN: 9781408916216
Published: April 2010

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He’s fought for his country, now he’s fighting for his heart!

The battlefields of Badajoz are nothing compared to the cutting tongues of polite society, but Jack Vernon has never been very ‘polite’. A canvas is the brooding artist’s preferred company – having once been an outlet for the horror he witnessed at war, it’s now his fortune.

Painting the portrait of stunningly beautiful Ariana Blane is his biggest commission yet. Learning every curve of her body ignites feelings he thought were destroyed in battle. But he’s not the only man who has Ariana in his sights…

Difficult to assess.

Rating By R,08/04/2010

I have a lot of conflicting opinions about this book. Mrs Gaston tends to use "unconventional" leads and this is no exception with Jack, a former soldier now an artist and Ariana, an actress. Much is centred around the Theatre. I really found it hard to get into their persona and couldn't really connect with them. In fact in a strange way while I neither like nor condone him the most interesting character in the book is the "villain" Lord Tranville! After an exciting beginning the story turns rather dull and it is only towards halway that it suddenly picks up and then continues at a frenetic pace. In a somewhat strange way it is almost akin to one of those British farces!! I find this very difficult to assess but at the end I couldn't say that I didn't find it enjoyable enough. 7 out of 10.

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